Courses & Units

Lean Manufacturing ZAE201

Cradle Coast


You will engage in practical workshops that will enable you to acquire and apply core principles and practices of ‘Lean’ manufacturing. Through observation and practice, you will gain insight into the use of Lean as a systematic approach to reduce wasted materials and effort, maximise use of time and space, increase value creation from the customer’s point of view, and engage in a continuous cycle of refinement and improvement. The unit is underpinned by DMAIC methodology and throughout the workshops and assessment tasks you will have the opportunity to apply the five phases of this process: Define, Measure, Analyse, Improve and Control.

You will also examine related approaches to efficiency in manufacturing such as equipment availability, performance and quality measurement, and ‘Six Sigma’ approaches. You will identify opportunities to apply what you have learnt to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of a selected manufacturing process system or product through onsite experience in a manufacturing facility, or in a simulated setting. This authentic application of the knowledge will also teach you about the different approaches to implementing positive cultural change.

You will be introduced to:
- a range of methods, tools, techniques and approaches to practice
- principles and perspectives such as values, ethics, empathy and leadership in real world scenarios
- reflection and deliberative thinking as a means of developing knowledge, skills, attitudes and aspirations
- ways of understanding problems and developing solutions through active inquiry


Unit name Lean Manufacturing
Unit code ZAE201
Credit points 12.5
College/School University College
Discipline STEAM
Coordinator Mr Mark Shelton
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Cradle Coast Semester 1 On-Campus Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • Use Lean principles and tools to identify efficiency problems and solutions in manufacturing
  • Undertake analysis and inquiry to identify process and systems improvement opportunities within a manufacturing context
  • Apply lean tools, techniques and principles to implement change
  • Evaluate the lean process to communicate efficiencies
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
030101 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,798.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3

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Teaching Pattern

Burnie students: fornightly evening workshops
Launceston and Hobart students: monthly full day workshops

AssessmentAT1: Lean Process Implementation Plan Proposal (30%)|AT2: Multimedia Portfolio (40%)|AT3: Experiential Report (30%)
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